We Remember

SMITH, Doreen Standon (née Howard)

August 17, 1931 — March 9, 2024

Doreen Smith, a stalwart of the Okanagan Valley, passed on March 9, 2024, in Kelowna, BC.

Born Doreen Howard on August 17, 1931, in Oliver, BC, she spent her early years in Vernon, BC, where she received her education. On a spring day, April 12, 1951, she embarked on a new chapter of her life, exchanging vows with Donald A. Smith, though the exact year seems to be a bit of a puzzle it could well have been 1952. Their union blessed them with three sons: Alan, Thomas, and Don Jr. Doreen cherished her family dearly, including her daughters-in-law, Nancy and Terry Smith, and later on, her grandchildren Lawren Smith and Kirsten Grant, followed by great-grandchildren Moriah, Olivia, and Emma Smith.

The Smith family blazed a trail, settling on a pioneer farm in Joe Rich before eventually making their home in Kelowna in 1962. Together with their three boys, Doreen and Don built a warm abode on Spall Road, where memories were woven into every corner. They found a good life and a community in the embrace of St. Aiden’s Anglican Church in the Rutland neighbourhood, where they shared in faith and fellowship for many years. In 1974, the family ventured to a new residence on Wildwood Drive, where Doreen’s love for gardening, camping, cooking, and quilting flourished.

The loss of her beloved husband, Don, in 1983 marked a significant turning point in Doreen’s life. With resilience and determination, she embraced quilting wholeheartedly, finding companionship and creativity within the role of Executive of the Guild. Her quilting circle became a cornerstone of her retirement years, offering camaraderie and comfort in equal measure.

A fellow sports fan and a fervent supporter of her sons’ athletic endeavours, Doreen travelled the province, cheering them on from the sidelines, from season to season. As her grandchildren embraced their own sporting adventures, she remained a steadfast presence, carting her trusty lawn chair, cushion, and thermos – from event to event.  At full volume, her TV at home often echoing with the excitement of Olympics, skating, baseball, and more.

In the fabric of the Okanagan community, Doreen was a true pioneer during her 93 years here on earth.

A family gathering is planned for the future to honour Doreen and the life she led.

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